Denver Saturday Recap

MORRISON CO - SUMMIT FastNews - Shattered. Grenaded. Blew Away. Destroyed. How do you describe a day where records were so completely broken in NHRA drag racing? Seven riders in Pro Stock Bike running under the old record? Two Pro Stock...

MORRISON CO - SUMMIT FastNews - Shattered. Grenaded. Blew Away. Destroyed. How do you describe a day where records were so completely broken in NHRA drag racing? Seven riders in Pro Stock Bike running under the old record? Two Pro Stock drivers running 7.20's for the first time? Or how about Tim Wilkerson. He qualifies number one with a track record 5.034 283.73 mph effort, ahead of John Force and destroys the second body in as many weeks in a fire at the top end. His description of today was simple and direct: "You'd never dream of a day like this. What a terrific racetrack. I don't know how to say it any better than that." If we stopped there this would be a magic day in NHRA drag racing. But Joe Amato and Jimmy Prock still had something to add to this special day on Thunder Mountain, the very first 4.584 ET, a track record, and 318.54 mile per hour, another record. These are the kind of numbers you expect to see at sea level, not five thousand plus feet in the air. "I never thought this could happen up here on the old mountain." said Amato. "It's all about the new pipe we have in this new car, and the Jimmy Prock tuneup." Warren Johnson aka Dr. Pro Stock predicted Friday we could see 7.20's this weekend in the category. What he didn't say is there would be two of them.

During the final qualifying session WJ was waiting in the staging lanes when Jeg Coughlin recorded the first seven twenty in history at Bandimere, going 7.287, 187.81 mph, both new records. WJ calmly went up on a single, and lowered the mark by another .002, running 7.285, 189.50 mph to sit at the head of the 27 entry Pro Stock field. Warren commented that was about all there was, saying "there isn't much more than that, it would be in the thousandths, not hundredths, in ET." Matt Hines lead seven riders who ran under his old record with a 7.654. He also watched Angelle Seeling step up and run 7.656 in the last session for the second spot. David Shultz set the speed mark with a 177.37 mph effort, and qualified third. So a little rain, dusted with NHRA magic and Bandimere Speedway's new concrete resulted in shattered records in all four Professional categories today here on the "old mountain". Tomorrows action gets underway at 10:00 AM with prerace activities, Eliminations begin an hour later at 11:00 AM. For me I guess I'd have to agree with Tim Wilkerson. Today was terrific. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Hines , Jeg Coughlin , Warren Johnson , John Force , Tim Wilkerson